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Alpha Phi Alpha Monument Dedication

Presented by Christopher Woods, Chapter President and Damon Ogburn, Historian

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity in the United States established for men of African descent, was founded December 4, 1906 in Ithaca, NY on the campus of Cornell University. Seven visionary founders, known as the jewels, recognized the need for a social and fraternal organization for African American men at the time. “Go to High School-Go to College,” “A Voteless People is a Hopeless People,” and “Project Alpha” are the fraternity’s primary philanthropies among many others that attempt to serve our community.

With a desire to establish Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. on the campus of Elon University, twelve young men chartered the Sigma Delta Chapter on September 29, 1991. Since then, the chapter has initiated over forty brothers and has taken a leading role in student life and within the community. The chapter has received recognition by being awarded chapter excellence awards, individual member awards, as well those pertaining to scholarship and community service. Our most recent achievement award was The 2004-2005 Organization of the Year under thirty members.

Since 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha has served its community through mainly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind. On December 4, 1906, the fraternity will celebrate its Centennial! With this accomplishment, the fraternity will continue to uphold its distinction and commitment to service under the motto, “First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All!”

House of Alpha by Bro. Sidney P. Brown

Goodwill is the monarch of this house.
Men, unacquainted, enter, shake hands, and depart friends.
Cordiality exists among all who abide within.

I am the eminent expression of friendship.
Lives once touched by ne become tuned and are thereafter
amiable, kindly, fraternal.

I enspire the musician to play noble sentiments
and assist the chemist to convert ungenerous
into individuals of great worth.

I destroy all ignoble impulses.
I constantly invoke principles
which make for common brotherhood
And the echo resounds in all communities
and princely men are thereby recognized.

Education, health, music, encouragement, sympathy, laughter---
all these are species of interest given on self-invested capital.

Tired moments find me a delightful treat;
hours of sorrow, a shrine of understanding---
at all times, I am faithful to the creed of companionship.
To a few, I am the castle of dreams---
ambitious, successful, hopeful dreams.

To many, I am the peotic palace where human feeling
is rhymed to clestial motives;
To the great majority, I am the treasury of good fellowship.

In fact, I am the college of friendship;
The university of brotherly love;
The school for the better making of men.

I am Alpha Phi Alpha.